Most visitors to Turkey in search of a beach holiday head straight to the brash resorts which line the Aegean or Mediterranean Seas. But Turkey’s verdant Black Sea coast, more or less as long as the Western seaboard of the United States, has some unspoilt gems well worth seeking out.
Amasra is a perfect example. Around seven hours by road from Istanbul and separated from the rest of Anatolia by a mountain range, it isn’t the easiest place to get to. But this modest town has natural beauty and historic sites to rival anything on Turkey’s south-western flanks. Frequent rainfall keeps the hilly hinterland lush, the perfect backdrop to a town which juts out into the sea; you may well be reminded of a Croatian island fortress.
Photo courtesy of B@ni via Flickr.